A team of people in hi-vis vests on the forecourt outside a station building
A team of people in hi-vis vests planting bulbs in the verge alongside a station platform

Ten Grow 19 students and 3 of their tutors arrived at West Malling station excited for their first station adoption day planting bulbs and litter picking.


Despite the ground being fairly hard the students worked diligently until the bank was covered in bulbs. The technique used
was naturalisation which means as nature would grow therefore the bulbs were randomly planted as opposed to being planted in straight rows. This planting and future planned work will support a City and Guilds unit of work for Level 1 practical horticulture skills which the students are studying. Some students also participated with a litter pick of the whole area leaving the platform looking nice and tidy – we can’t wait for spring to see the daffodils!

A person holding a rubbish sack and litter picker
Two people in hi-vis vests plant bulbs in the verge alongside a station platform

Planters were considered for the front of the station; however, these will take a little time due to funding needing to be sought. In the meantime Grow 19 have planned to return to the station next week to carry out weeding and litter picking at the front of the station.


We are very grateful to Joanne Wells (Grow 19 Tutor) for organising this valuable event and to Matt Fraser (Southeastern Community Relations Mgr), Gary Watson (Station Manager) and Naomi (Communigrow) for supporting the event.

“We learnt something new planting bulbs.” – Kyle student
“I found it good.” – Ryan student
“Successful job of planting bulbs on platform 2 with the others – thumbs up – I liked doing it.” – Elliot student
“It was fun, Alex and I like the clicky pens, it was good.” – Vincent student
“It was a good opportunity for the students to learn the new skill of planting bulbs. The technique used was naturalisation. This experience will support a unit of work for Level 1 practical horticulture skills – City and Guilds.” – Jo Wells Tutor